Gig Scene: Jam fever goes overground at Ripley

The cover of The Jam's This Is The Modern World album. (PIcture by Gered Mankowitz)

The cover of The Jam's This Is The Modern World album. (PIcture by Gered Mankowitz)

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Well, it’s not quite The Jam but Ripley is about to play host to the nearest thing we’re likely to get. From The Jam will play all those classic late 70s and early 80s hits hits at Ripley Town Hall on September 22 under the leadership of Bruce Foxton, writes Graham Chalmers

The latter is also set to release his first new solo album in 30 years featuring collaborations with Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MG’s/The Blues Brothers), Spandau Ballet’s Steve Norman, Russell Hastings and Big Country’s Mark Brzezicki, (both of whom are also members of From The Jam), oh, yes, and a certain Mr Weller who you can see now in a classic shot of The Jam taken by Gered Mankowitz which currently features in a stunning retrospective exhibition of over 100 photographs from Mankowitz’s entire career at RedHouse Originals gallery in Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate (runs until August 31).

The two key Jam members seem to have made up recently despite years of rancour after Weller asked Foxton to guest on his 2010 album Wake Up the Nation and at a show at the Royal Albert Hall in the same year.

Now Bruce has returned the gesture and his former bandmate appears on three songs on his forthcoming solo album, Back In The Room.

Bruce said: “It was such a pleasure to work and hang out with Paul again. What an honour it is to have both Paul and Steve play on the album.”

Meanwhile, Jam fans locally can look forward to hearing classics such as Going Underground, Eton Rifles, Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, In The City, A Town Called Malice and more at Ripley soon.

Although best known for his impressive bass lines, Foxton actually contributed quite a bit of songwriting to The Jam with songs including London Traffic, Don’t Tell Them You’re Sane, News of the World, Innocent Man, Smithers-Jones, Circus and a couple of co-credits in the form of Music for the Last Couple and Funeral Pyre.

From The Jam’s date is part of a run of great presentations by promoters RipleyBlues which also includes the return of Lightnin’ Willie and the Poorboys on Friday, August 31, The Counterfeit Stones on October 20, Chantel McGregor on November 2/3/4, Dr Feelgood on December 1 and The Blockheads on December 29. More information at www.ripleyblues.com